They say if March comes in like a lamb it will go out like a lion….we are thoroughly enjoying the spring-like weather that the beginning of March is already offering! With students being outside multiple times a day for gym, recess and lunch, the weather has given students so much more enjoyment! We really don't want the wintry cold blasts of winter to return!
Inside the school, rigorous learning continues! Students are engaged in their oral story telling work. Teachers worked with professional story teller Jeff Stockton at the end of January and learned about how to engage students in oral story telling. This work is part of our School Development Goal for oral proficiency in both French Immersion and English tracks. Students will be showcasing their oral stories during March Virtual conferences on March 25 and 26. Please watch your email and the school website for more information about booking your conference time.
Teachers have been learning a lot about feedback in our Professional Learning Communities on Friday afternoons. Providing students with feedback is important in order for student to know how and what they need to do next, what they need to change or continue trying. By making our learning intentions clear and by providing differentiated tasks that allow students to demonstrate their own abilities and understanding, teachers can provide authentic feedback about the student's achievement. The goal is to have students respond to their teacher's feedback and use it to enhance their work- specifically, apply it to their oral storytelling to improve their oral proficiency.
As administrators, we also review feedback from surveys and data and respond accordingly. We will be examining report card data from January report cards as well as information gathered from the OurSchool Survey that some students have completed. This information helps us to plan and engage in professional development related to our School Development Plan.
Now that March is here, we are starting to gather important information as we begin planning for the 2021-22 school year. Mrs. Schmitt will be sending out an online survey to all families about next year. Please watch your email for this important questionnaire. We would ask that you complete it to help us know who may or may not be returning next year. Every student counts as we begin planning our budget and preliminary staffing for the Fall. Our projections for next year show a possible increase in enrollment. We are looking forward to having more students in our school! Please remember that Kindergarten registration is open and ongoing for both English and French Immersion.
We have had many exciting things happening in our school over the last few weeks. Carnaval was a huge success and helped to make us feel a bit of normalcy! Bonhomme made a one day appearance, the ice castle was constructed, snow-shoeing, curling and hockey were played, and we heard all of our favorite Carnaval songs in music. Mrs. Paul's creative juices were flowing again as she had every student make their own set of spoons in music class. Spoons are a traditional Canadian folk music sound that fit with our week of Carnaval! We raised enough money in our Hot Chocolate Raffle to purchase two indoor curling sets- thank you for your support! Students were very excited to purchase their raffle tickets. Four students were the lucky winners of hot chocolate in the ice palace with Mrs. Schmitt and myself. We had a great discussion about Carnaval and enjoyed our warm beverages in the beautiful sunshine!
If you would like to particiate in JJSC or FJJSA, please virtually attend our next meeting on Tuesday, March 9 at 6:30pm. Information about accessing the meeting will be sent on the day of the meeting and will be posted on our website. We look forward to “seeing" you at the next meeting!